Sourcenext Launches Pocketalk in the United States

The Two-Way Voice Translation Device that Makes Global Travel a Breeze is Available For Purchase

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 10, 2018 — Pocketalk™, the portable, AI-powered instant voice translation device unveiled at IFA last month, is now available for purchase in-store and online in the U.S. Developed by Sourcenext® (Tokyo Stock Exchange, 4344:JP), the largest distributor and creator of software, hardware, and IoT products in Japan, Pocketalk can translate 74 different languages, making it easy to understand others and be understood. Because this is a dedicated two-way translation device with global coverage, there’s no need for language apps that drain battery and require you to hand over your phone to strangers. Pocketalk is available for purchase today on the newly launched e-commerce site, and available for purchase in select b8ta retail stores.

Designed with simplicity in mind, Pocketalk combines the best speech-to-text engine, translation engine, and text-to-speech engines from around the world – resulting in the most accurate translation with a push of a button. Pocketalk is equipped with high quality noise-cancelling microphones and two powerful speakers for easy use in noisy environments. Two models are available:

$249 “Add Your Own Mobile Data” version features a WiFi enabled device and ability for a SIM card to be added.
$299 “Built-in Mobile Data” version works on WiFi and includes an embedded SIM which works in 105 countries and provides two years of mobile data
“Launching Pocketalk in the United States was the natural next step toward our goal of bringing happiness and excitement to people across the globe,” said Noriyuki Matsuda, CEO and Founder of Sourcenext. “The need to connect cultures and make the world feel a little smaller is stronger than ever, and that’s exactly our goal with this device, especially with the 2020 games on the horizon. We’ve already seen a great response – the Pocketalk device won the Innovation Award in Mobile Computing during last month’s ShowStoppers® IFA press event.”

Whether you’re exploring a new culture while extending a business trip, backpacking through Europe or communicating with world-class athletes at international sporting events, Pocketalk opens doors for global travelers. The device allows you to talk the way you normally do, not just in statements or phrases. Pocketalk eliminates the need to look up words and phrases in a dictionary or on your phone. The compact design allows it to fit in your pocket, and with its long battery life, you can take it anywhere, never having to hand over your phone.

“b8ta is always looking for exciting and innovative companies to partner with, and Sourcenext embodies that with their latest product, Pocketalk. In today’s connected world, we can still feel disconnected through language barriers, but this game-changing device brings us all together,” said Kayvon Banisalam, Partnerships Manager at b8ta stores. “We even use it in our retail stores now to connect with customers and there’s always a ‘wow’ moment.”

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About Sourcenext:
Sourcenext (Tokyo Stock Exchange, 4344:JP) is the largest distributor and creator of software, hardware, and IoT products in Japan. Founded in 1996, Sourcenext specializes in helping companies like Rosetta Stone and Evernote sell their software products and apps to a market of millions. And now with the launch of Pocketalk, Sourcenext is bringing its own products to the world. Through its expertise in user experience, marketing, and customer support, Sourcenext has earned the trust and respect of partners, retailers, and consumers around the world.